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We’re sad to report the passing of Honorary Trustee and committed alumnus Charles Watson ’50, who died peacefully at his Vero Beach home in Florida on July 26, 2018, at the age of 87.
Mr. Watson gave back to the Hilltop in many ways, serving on the St. George’s Board of Trustees twice from 1972 to 1978 and from 1997 to 2011 before becoming an honorary member in 2011.
He chaired the Trustee Awards Committee, sat on the Development, Finance, Investment, and Operations Committees, and included SG in his estate planning as a member of the Ogden Nash Society.
“Charlie was a great Dragon who truly loved St. George's,” said former Chair of the Board of Trustees Francis “Skip” Branin ’65. “During his two terms as a trustee, his enthusiastic willingness to support our school set an example for all who served with him, and he was the ultimate ambassador for SG.”
Branin presented the Howard B. Dean Service Award to Mr. Watson in 2012 and, during his remarks, called him a “true friend” of St. George’s who was committed to move the school’s 2006 Strategic Plan forward with a generous contribution despite the economic recession in 2008.
Mr. Watson and his wife Nancy hosted a number of Admission receptions at their home in New Canaan, Connecticut, for prospective students, giving potential applicants a warm first look at the SG community.
“Prospective families would come for snacks, refreshments, and a slide show of the offerings here at St. George's. One of the highlights of the reception was that Mrs. Watson would always prepare a home-cooked meal for the admission group to enjoy,” SG Director of Admission Ryan Mulhern said. “The warmth of Charlie and Nancy was shared with all prospective families. Charlie always said a few words about his experience on the Hilltop and his love for SG was evident.”
After graduating from St. George’s, Mr. Watson attended Yale University and later served in the U.S. Army as an Artillery Officer in the 11th Airborne Division, in Munich, Germany. In 1996, he retired as a managing partner of Brundage, Story & Rose, which at the time was one of the country’s oldest investment advisory firms before eventually being sold to Bessemer Trust and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Nancy McCall Watson, a daughter Wendy Watson Porter (Christopher) of Vero Beach, Florida, and a son, Charles Ewart Watson (Anne), of New Canaan, Connecticut. He is also survived by his five grandsons: Charles McCall Watson, William Gunnar Watson and August Briggs Watson of New Canaan, Connecticut, and Christopher Todd Porter Jr. and Cooper Eagles Porter of Vero Beach, Florida.
Charles Watson’s obituary can be found here.
Dragon Jay Coogan '69 is returning to the island after being named president of IYRS School of Technology and Trades.
He will be the third president of IYRS, effective Oct. 1. Coogan, a sculptor whose art has been displayed in galleries around the world for over 30 years, is currently president of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and was previously provost at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Read the full story in the Newport Daily News here.
Work continues on our two new artificial turf athletic fields!
Construction began in May north of Auchincloss Dormitory and Memorial Schoolhouse with the fields expected to be ready for play this fall when students arrive on campus after summer vacation.
In addition to the turf fields, the existing baseball field at Elliott Field will be reconstructed in the northwest corner of campus and will be ready for play in spring 2019.
To view the project’s progress, check out our photo gallery on Flickr.
Dragons traveled across the globe this summer for a series of special programs and internship opportunities.
Students went on a 10-day trip to Costa Rica for a program with non-profit Seeds of Change, where they conducted rainforest research on leaf cutter ants.
As part of the Global Cultural Initiatives Program, students went to Paris, France, to intern at companies like Diptyque, marketing research firm InDerm, and the Curie Institute. In Madrid, Spain, students interned at companies like Auriga Securities, Altostratus cloud computing, and Stifel.
The four-week summer Geronimo trip launched from Brunswick, Georgia, at the end of June on its way back to Rhode Island and will take students along the coast with stops in the Carolinas.
Students are also working with alumni in San Francisco this July as part of a special business experiential learning program with two companies -- Turo and Grove Collaborative -- to learn how to apply what they’ve learned on the Hilltop to 21st century businesses.
Check out our Flickr gallery to view photos from the trips here.
Head of School Alixe Callen announced today (March 2, 2018) that alumnus Mervan Osborne, a member of the St. George’s Class of 1986, has been appointed Associate Head for Student Life. He will begin his tenure on July 1.
Mr. Osborne is a founding faculty member and Head of School at Boston’s Beacon Academy. The school offers motivated students in and around Boston a challenging yearlong academic program in between eighth and ninth grades in preparation for application to New England independent high schools. For 11 years prior to Beacon, Mr. Osborne taught English and drama courses; led diversity initiatives; and coached football, basketball, and baseball at Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has also served as a resident tutor for A Better Chance in Massachusetts and was a member of Teach for America’s Founding Corps in Compton, California. From 2011-2015, he was a member of the Cambridge School Committee.
In addition, Mr. Osborne has a passion for filmmaking and for many years taught film and video production classes to middle school students in the summer. He holds a master of fine arts degree in film production from Boston University, completed graduate coursework in education at Lesley University and holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Trinity College.
Ms. Callen said Mr. Osborne quickly rose to the top of a strong pool of more than 70 applicants. “Our search committee, comprised of administrators, faculty, staff, and students, immediately recognized Mervan’s myriad strengths,” she wrote in a letter to the community. “From the start, he impressed us with his deep experience as a school leader, his commitment to his students, and his love for St. George's.
Ms. Callen also noted that Mr. Osborne’s references “spoke extensively about his ability to foster a positive school culture and to connect with and mentor students;” his positive interactions with faculty, parents and trustees; and his “warm, authentic, deep-thinking nature.”
Sixth-former Tilly Peck ’18, who served along with two other students on the search committee, said, “Mr. Osborne has a real and unparalleled way of connecting with people, especially students. He’s really on the students’ team.”
“I think Mr. Osborne’s ability to form relationships and empathize with the people of St. George’s will be a huge asset, and he’ll do great things on the Hilltop,” she added.
Mr. Osborne said he’s excited to take on his new role. “I’m thrilled to be returning to the Hilltop — a place that was absolutely transformative for me,” he said.
Mr. Osborne, his wife, Lucy Darragh, and their sons Moses, 5, and Atticus, 2, will move to campus this summer.
“Lucy and I are excited to introduce our children to the remarkable St. George’s community,” Mr. Osborne added, “and are eager to call it home for years to come.”
In this space we will keep a running log of important and interesting moments in the tenure our 12th Head of School, Alixe Callen, as she navigates her first year at St. George’s. To read more of our coverage on Ms. Callen's arrival, view this article from our magazine and this Q&A on the Head of School's page on our website.
May 28, 2018
May 16, 2018
Ms. Callen completed a year of welcome receptions, traveling coast to coast to meet SG alumni and parents. A photo gallery of her visits around the country can be viewed here.
May 3, 2018
Ms. Callen sent this letter to the community to share the actions St. George's School has taken to continue to ensure the safety and wellness of students.
April 20, 2018
Ms. Callen opened SG's A Weekend for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion by welcoming attendees before the keynote speaker.
April 6, 2018
Head of School Alixe Callen gave a chapel talk to prospective students and their families during Revisit Weekend. Watch the video here.
Feb. 15, 2018
Ms. Callen sent a letter to the community to give an update on school culture and community engagement initiatives.
Feb. 6, 2018
Ms. Callen delivered a chapel speech marking the start of Black History Month. The speech can be read here.
Dec. 6, 2017
Ms. Callen sent a letter to the community to give an update on her first year of headship and what she has learned so far.
Nov. 20, 2017
Meet Alixe Callen in this video sent to our community.
Nov. 1, 2017
Head of School Alixe Callen delivers this chapel talk: "Kindness Matters."
Oct. 24, 2017
Board Chair Leslie Heaney introduces Head of School Alixe Callen at the alumni reception in New York. Ms. Callen addresses those gathered. View the video here.
Oct. 10, 2017
Ms. Callen reflects on her first month of the academic year — and the positive and supportive community she's found here on the Hilltop — in this letter to the community.
Sept. 14, 2017
The annual Honor Chapel takes place, during which community members pledge to adhere to the school's Honor Code. Alixe makes this address.
In the evening, Alixe greets local parents and alumni at a reception at Greenvale Vineyards in Portsmouth, R.I. Watch a video of her remarks here. View photos of the event here.
Sept. 7, 2017
The community celebrates the opening of the academic year under the leadership of Head of School Alixe Callen during our Convocation service in the chapel on Thursday, Sept. 7. In her address, Ms. Callen tells students she hopes they will allow themselves to be less than perfect — and to be emboldened by the understanding and encouraging community around them. "I want emotion," she said. "I want you to ask questions, tell us your worries, be open to risks, and trust that this incredible community will support you." Watch the video of Ms. Callen's entire address on our Vimeo channel.
Sept. 5, 2017
Ms. Callen welcomes our 123 new families to the Hilltop and makes this address in the chapel on Tuesday, Sept. 5.
Aug. 23, 2017
On Aug. 23, 2017, the Newport Daily News publishes this profile of Alixe, in which she outlines her core values and approach to leadership at a new school.
Aug. 4, 2017
On Aug. 4, 2017, Alixe meets members of the greater St. George’s community on Martha’s Vineyard. Photos are on our Flickr.com page.
July 11, 2017
Ms. Callen’s first letter to the community is sent on July 11, 2017.
July 1, 2017
Ms. Callen arrives on campus and her tenure begins.
Dec. 9, 2016
Ms. Alixe Callen is announced as the first female head of St. George’s on Dec. 9, 2016. Watch the video on our Vimeo channel.
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